COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M Aggies completed the weekend sweep of the Fordham Rams with a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning with a C.J. Vasquez scoring on a two-out single from Jake Baker. The Aggies responded with Zach DeLoach scoring on a sacrifice fly from Cam Blake to even the score 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Later in the inning, Will Frizzell hit a sacrifice fly ball to score Bryce Blaum and give Texas A&M a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Texas A&M padded their lead with a DeLoach hit an RBI to score Jonathan Ducoff and give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.
Jonathan Childress debuted for the Aggies with a 4.2-inning effort that allowed one run on three hits while striking out three. Christian Roa gained the win as he relieved Childress in the fifth.
“It was fun,” Childress said. “I was ready to get out there. We’ve been scrimmaging since the fall and I was ready to face another team. It was fun to get out there. The fans showed out today, and it was a really cool experience.”
Roa retired all 10 batters and posted a career high with five strikeouts. Kasey Kalich retired the side in the ninth inning, including a strikeout, to secure his first career save.
“Jonathan Childress got us off to a really great start, and I was able to come in, just let my defense work for me, the catcher was doing a really good job, and the coaches were calling a lot of great pitches, so we just got it done, it was a great team win, and we’re really looking forward to [Stephen F. Austin] next week.”
Blaum went 2-of-4 at the plate with one run and a stolen base. DeLoach went 1-of-3 with a walk and an RBI in the sixth inning that padded the Aggies’ lead. Aaron Walters also had two hits.
“We couldn’t do much better than 3-0 after the first weekend against a really good Fordham team who has outstanding pitching and really wants to press you offensively,” said Aggies head baseball coach Rob Childress. “We did a good job controlling that in a lot of ways. I’m proud of our guys, coming out today on a tough day with the wind blowing.”
Since splitting the opening weekend series against Northern Colorado in 2008, Texas A&M is now 33-1 during opening weekend.
Texas A&M takes on Stephen F. Austin Tuesday with a 6:32 p.m.m first pitch.